Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tutorial: The German Twisted Cast-On

Hi, everyone! This week I wanted to do a quick tutorial on how to do the German Twisted Cast-On (the cast-on that I recommend for my Giant Color Shift Brioche Scarf) . This cast-on method is also known as the Old Norwegian Cast-On and is wonderful for Brioche or any knitting where you want a super stretchy and elastic beginning to your project.

I also wanted to let you know that I'll be doing a Periscope video tutorial for this Cast-On method this Saturday (3/19/16) at 11:00 AM Central. If you can, I would love to have you join me for this live class. If you haven't used Periscope before, that's ok. All you have to do is download the app and do a search for YumiYarns. You will be able to see and hear me, but I'll only be able to see your comments and questions so don't worry, you won't be on T.V. I hope you can make it!

(ETA: Thanks to everyone who joined me for the live Periscope broadcast! The best place to start the video is at 12:01 because I was a bit flustered at the beginning and confused myself by trying to watch the camera instead of my hands. Lesson learned.)
German Twisted Cast-On:

Step 1: Make a Slip Knot and place it on the needle with the tail end closest to your body.

Step 2: Hold the yarn in your left hand as if you will be doing a traditional Lon-Tail Cast-On. The tail should be wrapped around your thumb and the ball end should be wrapped around your index finger. Hold your knitting needle (with the slip knot) in your right hand.

Step 3: Rather than inserting the needle in the yarn loop around your thumb, you will put the tip of the needle under both strands of yarn.

Step 4: Now you will bring the tip of your needle down into the loop on your thumb. Bring the needle back up on the outside of the loop on the side closest to your body.

Step 5: From right to left, bring the needle under the left-most strand of yarn that is wrapped around your index finger. (You will end up right between the loops of yarn wrapped around your thumb and forefinger.)

  Step 6: Bring the needle back towards your body and bring it back under the strand of yarn that is wrapped around your thumb and is closest to you. Bring the needle up between the two strands of yarn wrapped around your thumb.

Step 7: Slip the yarn off your thumb and tighten the stitch on your needle. (But not too tight, you're going to need to knit it later.)
Repeat Steps 3-7 until you have the required amount of stitches cast on.

Have a great week with your crafting!!

Shaina  ^_^

(PS: I'm sorry for the dumb spacing with this post, Blogger won't let me adjust the formating so it looks decent.)


  1. The visuals really help! I was just thinking about starting my scarf and I realized I'd forgotten the cast on. Perfect timing!

    1. Oh, perfect!! I'm so glad that it helped and that you can start your scarf now. I can't wait to see how yours looks. ^_^